Gray Monk Winery

The widest newspaper in circulation in the United States, USA Today describes the Okanagan as, "Drop. Dead. Gorgeous."

The Okanagan Valley has been voted the second best wine region to visit amongst 20 worldwide nominees by the USA Today Readers' Choice 2014 Awards. The publication states, "British Columbia's Okanagan Valley came in at a strong #2, its loyal fans reminding voters of the area's lush landscape of mountains and rivers.  The Okanagan offers excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation in between tastings."

“To not only have the Okanagan Valley recognized among the finest wine regions globally but to finish in second spot by readers of a major international newspaper is a tremendous honour," says Ellen Walker-Matthews, Marketing Chair for the Okanagan Wine Festivals. "This will continue to build the incredible momentum we have seen in our wine region over the past several years. Our thanks to all of those that took the time to recognize the Okanagan Valley and invite those that have not yet experienced this area to come and be our guests. This type of recognition inspires travel to the Okanagan Valley as a premier wine tourism destination.”

Voting was conducted in an online poll for approximately one month with the winners announced this morning.  The full list of winners in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice contest for 'Best Wine Region to Visit' is as follows:

  •     Alentejo, Portugal
  •     Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
  •     Maipo, Chile
  •     Marlborough, New Zealand
  •     Croatia
  •     Napa Valley, Calif.
  •     Tuscany, Italy
  •     Oregon
  •     Hunter Valley, Australia
  •     Virginia

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Photo: Vista of Gray Monk Winery.

Summer 2019

Paul Moran - Best Restaurants - Okanagan LifeThe readers of Okanagan Life are celebrating our 25th year of presenting the annual Best Restaurants Awards. On the cover, Canada's Top Chef Paul Moran. Writer Shannon Linden has delved into Canada's New Food Guide to see how Okanagan families can consume more plant-based foods and make a mindful connection to what they eat. We meet up with Okanagan authors Sean Johnston, John Lent and 2019 BC Book Award recipient Laisha Rosnau, thanks to the efforts of Read Local Okanagan. Writer David Wylie takes a look at Pop-up shops.